The annual Mason County Chamber of Commerce Banquet is this Thursday night at 6:00 p.m. at the Mason I.S.D. cafeteria. This year, in keeping with it being a census year, the theme is, "Mason County - Where Everyone Counts."
I've always been a supporter of the Chamber, and try to help them out with their many projects and events throughout the year. One of the things I do is provide them with a slide show to be played during dinner. It's always fun; but, also a challenge, to come up with a 20-30 minute presentation that can keep folks amused and entertained while they wait in the dinner line, or enjoy their meal.
In prior years, I've focused on scenic photos, historical photos, unique shots that tried to capture the essence of Mason, and that went along with the theme of that particular banquet. This year, I think I might have gotten a bit carried away.
There are 346 photos in this year's slide show. And, all of them are people. Closeups. Group shots. Candids and posed. There are sport teams and fans. There are ribbon cuttings and class reunions. There are dinners and dances.
And, they include the broadest possible representation of the people of Mason. Since the census is all about counting EVERYONE, I tried to get photos of as many people as I could. Some photos may be a bit poignant, as they feature some of the folks we've lost recently in Mason.
Some of the photos may be a bit humorous, as they were the "other" photos that didn't run in favor of the "good" ones.
I'm actually excited about this year's presentation, and (if I can get it to run correctly), I think most of our attendees will also be tickled when they see sons, daughters, grandparents, aunts, uncles.... and themselves featured up on the big screen.
Of course, the slide show is only a diversion, not the main purpose of the evening. This is, after all, the Chamber's Awards Banquet. There will be business awards, education awards, and the civic awards.
And, there will be a guest speaker. This year, that's Peggy Hodges of the Small Business center from Angelo State University. She's tailoring her presentation around the theme as well, and Peggy never disappoints.
This year, there aren't a lot of other events competing against the banquet for attendees, and at only $10 a ticket, you can't beat it for entertainment value. I know that everyone has something that they can use as an excuse not to go; but, make this the year you find an excuse to attend.
After all, everyone counts in Mason County.
It’s all just my opinion.